Thursday, April 7, 2011

Government Shutdown Imminent

So I have to ask you folks.

Are you happy with the newly elected Congress?

This is what happens when a bunch of idealogues with no concept of negotiation are elected. Purity or death, huh? These people don't give a shit about the country. They hardly care about solving the nations issues as a government shutdown will exacerbate almost all of them. It is simply complete refusal to hammer out a fair middle of the road budget.

Anyway, this is a nice article about the affects it will have on all of us.


What a government shutdown means to you

The ongoing standoff in Washington over the federal budget is now less than three days away from its deadline, with Republicans and Democrats still locked in disagreement in the House of Representatives. If the parties can't pass a spending plan by the end of Friday, money will stop flowing from federal coffers, and the government will start to shut down on Saturday. But what does that mean, exactly?
For the general Public: Unless you are one of 4.4 million people who work for the federal government, you probably won't notice the shutdown at first, especially since many federal offices are closed on the weekend anyway. Employees considered essential — including soldiers, security personnel and intelligence workers — will remain on the job, but operations like the Smithsonian will close. As the New York Times points out, "the National Zoo will close but the lions will get fed." Federal courts will stay open for at least a couple of weeks, operating from funds they have on hand. "After that, who knows?" courts spokeswoman Karen E. Redmond told the Times. The Post Office will stay open, as it is owned, but not operated by the federal government, but the IRS will close. That means many people waiting on refund checks will have to keep waiting. However, Social Security checks will go out.
For federal employees: Some or all of the 1.9 civilian government employees could be furloughed if they are deemed non-essential. According to the Washington Post, "any workers scheduled to take paid leave would not be able to, and some would be eligible for unemployment benefits if a shutdown continued for more than a few days." Furloughed congressional staffers have been paid in the past, the Times reports, "but the political climate now is different, and lawmakers might be less willing to do so." If the shutdown lasts more than a week or so, members of the military — deemed essential personnel — may have to go to work without pay. Reports the Post: "If the current funding expires on Friday, in the middle of the military’s two-week pay period, the Defense Department would distribute paychecks for the first week."
For Congress: A group of 21 Senate Democrats is trying to pass a bill to halt pay for Congress and the President, but that seems unlikely, the Post reports.
“Our bill is simple: If we cannot do our work and keep the government functioning, we should not receive a paycheck,” the Senate Democrats wrote to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “If we cannot compromise and meet each other halfway, then we should not be paid.”
Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, responded that House Republicans’ “goal is to cut spending, not shut down the government – and we’ve passed a bill to just that,” a reference to the $61 billion in proposed cuts passed by the House in February but later rejected by the Senate.
For state governments: States that are far more cash-strapped than they were during the government shutdowns of 1995 and 1996 will have a very hard time. Not only will state programs funded by federal grants — such as higher education, research, and law enforcement training — likely be delayed or stopped, but the trickle-down effect of unpaid government contracts, closed national parks and shuttered federal offices would mean local industry and tourism would suffer.
Both parties claim they want to avoid a shutdown at all costs, and as Reuters points out, the public will blame both equally if one occurs. The Associated Press talked to some economists who said a shutdown could drag the economy back into a recession "very quickly." We've got a little less than 72 hours to get the bill passed, so lawmakers, roll up those sleeves and get to compromising.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/atlantic/whatgovernmentshutdownmeansyou36386

34 comments:

  1. no govt? i should probably arm myself

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is beginning to sound a lot like the West Wing, only with too much drama and far too little popcorn.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What I love about both sides is they're never willing to let the other side be right about ANYTHING. If we eliminated 'republican' and 'democrat' from the language, we may start to get somewhere...

    ReplyDelete
  4. sounds like a big mess.. oh boy.

    ReplyDelete
  5. well, may as well start stocking up on SPAM.

    I'M READY TO LIVE IN THE WASTELAND okaynotreally

    ReplyDelete
  6. I'm not American, but I'm sorry to say your politics is a real gongshow

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thats bad, but why is the main reason they are closing for some time?

    ReplyDelete
  8. It's time for anarchy, get ready.

    On a serious note why? That sounds like a real pain.

    ReplyDelete
  9. The reality of the situation is that tax increases are necessary. It sucks, but everyone has to do their part. It's better than cutting social programs into oblivion. At least that's my view on it

    ReplyDelete
  10. Politicians care about one group of people: Themselves. That's it. I do have a government job, but not one of those special select. I have no clue what that means for me. I hate politics, bleh.

    ReplyDelete
  11. im gonna make like tyler durden and say **** the govt!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I have never been and probably never will be happy with the government. Call my a conspiracy-theoriest, but they're keeping shit from us. I know it.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love the blog man! Keep up the great work!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Not american so I can't comment. But I can say these things happens in all of the countries, humans are selfish and greedy, the country doesn't matter.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Crazy stufff! Just started following! will you let us know if theres no government??

    ReplyDelete
  16. I swear, year after year, the elected congress gets stupider and stupider.

    ReplyDelete
  17. i dont think anarchy is the way to go here

    ReplyDelete
  18. I hate politics and government we have been following rules laid down since the romans we need a change a REAL CHANGE

    ReplyDelete
  19. man that's crazy...doesn't it just carry on while they keep fighting like it does over here in the UK?

    ReplyDelete